King Hussein Award for Excellence honors journalists

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The Minister of State for Media Affairs Sakher Dudin speaks during a ceremony for the King Hussein Award for Excellence in Journalism on Thursday. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — On Thursday, the minister of State for Media Affairs, Sakher Dudin, attended a ceremony to honor winners of the King Hussein Award for Excellence in Journalism, discuss upcoming initiatives to support journalism and journalists, and celebrate those who have been members of the Jordan Press Association (JPA) for 25 years, according to Al-Ghad News. اضافة اعلان
During the ceremony, Dudin applauded the JPA’s efforts and continuity in keeping the award going, adding that: “The award represents an honor to those who receive it because it holds the late King Hussein bin Talal’s name and is an extension of a great heritage and enlightened present led by His Majesty King Abdullah, who always stresses the media’s role in improving and enhancing communities.”

Dudin also stressed that the government has been keen to establish improvement plans for the media and communication sector, including adapting to recent developments in the sector, enhancing the government communication process, empowering public media, and developing legislation and structures that regulate media work. 

He also said that this vision includes establishing a fund to support media content through the financial support of major private sector institutions as part of their social responsibility initiatives and other governmental institution support. 

This fund is done to benefit newspapers, mainly to help resolve their financial crisis and in accordance with a new collection mechanism set by the Ministry of Finance.

Dudin added that the fund reflected cooperation and partnerships among the government, the JPA, and the Parliament’s Committee for National Guidance and the government’s willingness to maintain this cooperation.  

The minister pointed to the 51st session of the Council of Arab Information Ministers that was held in Cairo in June, stressing the need for intensifying Arab media’s role and utilizing social media outlets in dealing with content that contradicts national laws, including hate speech, racism, misleading news, and discrimination.

Yanal Al-Barmawi, the JPAs acting president, commended His Majesty King Abdullah’s support and directives to enhance journalistic freedoms,  and the Excellence Award. 

Barmawi also outlined some of the JPA council’s achievements and the challenges Jordanian media encounters, especially in print. 
He congratulated the winners and the members who served 25 years in the association, commending the award’s committee in evaluating the media’s work and material.

Mohammad Al-Omari, the head of the jury, indicated that the judges’ committee stressed that the standard for winning the award was based on the influence the material had on the audience.

At the end of the ceremony, Dudin presented memorial shields to veteran journalists who have been working in the field for 25 years.

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